Pearson kicks her own goal

SHOALHAVEN Auskick co-ordinator Lisa Pearson was recently named the Southern NSW Auskick volunteer of the year.
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Ms Pearson was nominated because of her commitment to running the Shoalhaven Auskick program.

She has been involved in the Auskick community for three years, however 2013 will be her second year as the co-ordinator.

Ms Pearson spent countless hours organising the Auskick schedule, as well as making over 100 show bags for the players at the end of year presentation, raffle prizes and DVDs of the season.

“It is all worthwhile once you see the smiling kids faces and them having a good time,” she said.

Mrs Peason said she could not have run such a successful program without the help of parents and grandparents.

“Without the help of volunteers we wouldn’t have Auskick on a Saturday morning,” she said.

More than 100 children between the ages of four and 10 have already registered for next year. This is up from 50 players two years ago.

From 9.30am to 11am Saturday mornings, children learn basic AFL skills and complete drills in kicking, tackling and passing. The morning is finished with a game, with teams comprised of different players each week.

“You notice the difference in players over the weeks, they really get into it,” said Ms Pearson.

“Because there is no uniform, there is virtually no extra cost enforced on parents.

“Some kids get dressed up in their favourite club colours. And because we come from a real navy town, there are supporters from all the different clubs.”

Next year, Auskick Shoalhaven will introduce a club under 10s series. It will be a non-competitive series of structured games without a competition table.

The organisation already has plans for the GWS Giants to visit the Shoalhaven in February 2013, with planned school visits, and a meet and greet night.

The Auskick season starts again in early April, with a free come and try session at the start of the season.

For more information, contact Lisa Pearson on 0412009991 or [email protected]南京夜网

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Greg Stephenson (right) presents the Southern NSW Auskick volunteer of the year award to Lisa Pearson, who is accompanied by her son Stephen Pearson.

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